Updated: January 16, 2013 2:39 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Peugeot workers shut down plant slated to be sold



Peugeot workers shut down plant slated to be sold

FILE - In this Sept.4, 2012 file photo, a worker of French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen arrives at the factory in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris. Hundreds of Peugeot Citroen workers occupied a French factory Wednesday, Jan.16, 2012 scheduled to be sold off, largely shutting down production in a protest against planned layoffs at the struggling automaker. The Aulnay plant near Paris has been at the center of a battle over the future of France's largest automaker. The company announced last year that it planned to cut 8,000 jobs and close Aulnay as it struggles to compete in Europe's stagnant car market. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

PARIS - A French trade union says Peugeot Citroen workers have shut down production and occupied a factory scheduled to be sold off to protest planned layoffs.

The CGT union said 300 workers were striking Wednesday. That's a small percentage of the people employed at Aulnay, but the union said they were able to "paralyze" the factory.

PSA Peugeot Citroen did not immediately comment on the action.

France's largest automaker announced last year that it planned to lay off 8,000 people and close Aulnay as it struggles to compete in Europe's stagnant car market. The government then found a company to take over the plant with a reduced workforce of 600 and offered Peugeot a €7 billion ($9 billion) loan. Peugeot and unions are still in talks over the deal.

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